FOR decades a stunning North Wales village quite like no other, has attracted visitors from around the world.

Situated in Gwynedd on the estuary of the River Dwyryd, Portmeirion was designed and built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, between 1925 and 1975.

Now owned by a charitable trust, the captivating folly of pastel coloured Baroque style buildings, creates a magical experience for those who visit, inspired by the Italian Riviera.

Portmeirion was first put in the spotlight for many as the location for 1960s TV show, The Prisoner, starring Patrick McGoohan.

Many of the buildings within the village are listed by Cadw for their architectural and historical importance, and the striking gardens are listed, at Grade II.

If you have ever been, you will have explored the small, winding streets and headed down to the shore for sweeping views across the estuary.

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Portmeirion in 1969.

Portmeirion in 1969.

And as these photos from 1969 show, not a great deal has changed.

Despite being in black and white, they do not lose any of the magic of the place, and the buildings mostly remain the same today.

The fashion and cars pictured also add a dose of nostalgia to the look back.